February 7, 2013

Contact: Sara R. Leonard

Manager of Concert Programming, Production and Publicity


AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Department of Music will present Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass performed by the Amherst College Choral Society and Amherst Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets are required and seating is assigned. Reservations can be made by calling 413/542-2195 or emailing concerts@amherst.edu

In its annual collaboration, the Amherst College Choral Society, directed by Mallorie Chernin, joins forces with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, directed by Mark Lane Swanson, to present Franz Josef Haydn's 1798 masterpiece the Lord Nelson Mass (also known as the Missa in Angustiis; "Mass in TroubledTimes").  

Preeminent Haydn scholar H.C. Robbins Landon described "The Lord Nelson" as the composer's greatest work. Written at the time Napoleon was scoring numerous military triumphs over Austrian forces – but premiered on the very day news arrived in Vienna that English admiral Horatio Nelson had defeated the French general at the Battle of the Nile – the mass is by turns anguished, radiant and jubilant.  It concludes with an urgent plea: "Dona nobis pacem" ("Grant us peace").

Soloists include adjunct Amherst College vocal faculty Junko Watanabe, soprano, and Tom Oesterling, tenor, as well as guest artists Eileen Ruby, mezzo-soprano, and John Salvi, bass-baritone. The Amherst College Choral Society, Amherst Symphony Orchestra and professional soloists will be conducted by Mallorie Chernin.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and children 12 and under, and are free for Five College students with ID.  For ticket reservations or more information call 413/542-2195 or email concerts@amherst.edu. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of the performance.